What does the Honda Fireblade, the Red-crowned Crane, Suzuki GSXR 1000, Bonin flying fox and Iriomote Cat all have in common? They are all on the endangered species list in Japan. Recently both Honda and Suzuki have announced and put on a press launch for their new Superbikes for 2017. Reading between the lines of … Continue reading Endangered species
There are some design points that you have to hit to make sure a vehicle is appropriate for use and meets definition. For instance a standard definition for a car is that it has to have four wheels. But vans, go-carts and trucks can also have four wheels. Therefore in defining a car you also … Continue reading Fundamentals and refinements
It would appear that I missed the generation of people who desire owning a Porsche. So commonplace is this dream that it can be thrown around in conversation and arguments at a distance from reality. It also acts as a cultural marker or aspirational brand that is difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. With Fords … Continue reading Dreaming big while living small
One main reason that I bought a Kawasaki ER5 was a review write up written in 1997. To me each and every aspect detailed the machine as desirable. The machine made sense to me and was exciting as well as attainable. I followed this reading by widening to more reviews and peoples opinions. It all … Continue reading Transferring theory into practice – My experience of an ER5.
I follow motorcycle reviews very closely. I am always interested with what the manufactures are making and more importantly selling. Motorcycle journalists build up some motorcycles to near god status and swiftly cut others down. There is an element of ‘give credit where credit is due’ however what they consider to be of merit is … Continue reading Doom and gloom or run away success
My last motorcycle was a 2008 BMW F800GS and most of the time riding I was riding it was spent worrying about the money I had put into it and what I would need to put into it when services rolled around. I was distracted away from my surroundings,distant from any joy and anxious that … Continue reading How the ER5 came to be
Passions are hard to define. When is a passion a passion and not a fruit? What is a hobby, a job, a career, an activity or a passion? Over and above defining what exactly a passion is trying to understand what motivates you and others to pursue a certain goal or way of life is … Continue reading Passions
Having been in business for decades global motorcycle manufactures that we know and love have a history. And that history is significant because it gives you a reason as to why you are riding the motorcycle that you are. With the Japanese brands diversifying, the European brands building on what they know and the Americans … Continue reading Who Makes What and Why?
It can be argued that we currently live in a wasteful culture. Demonised for buying more than using and replacing more than fixing this is contrast to the pervious generations. Commended for more readily fixing objects than replacing them, completing household repairs themselves, naturally recycling items and mindful of how their actions can impact the … Continue reading The Rate of Change
A 2008 BMW F800GS was the second motorcycle I owned after a 2000 Suzuki bandit 600. Its size and stance suited that of my longer inseam. Easily able to see over cars I had a commanding view of the road. Nothing I have read yet comments about how the handlebars and mirrors are above the … Continue reading BMW F800GS; An Ownership Experience